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Water Resources--Office of Water Quality
Whenever possible, ship samples to the laboratory on the day of collection. Check laboratory hours of operation--keep in mind that the laboratory might not receive samples on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays. The integrity of chilled samples sent late on a Thursday or on a Friday could be compromised if not received by the laboratory in time to be unpacked and refrigerated. Check planned arrival time before selecting the carrier service.
|No carrier service will accept or deliver leaky boxes or coolers. Securely tape the outside of shipping containers to prevent leaking and to maintain container integrity.|
|Do not exceed maximum weight and size restrictions set by the carrier service.|
|When shipping a single set of samples in multiple containers, mark the outside shipping label with the number of containers being shipped (such as 1 of 2, 2 of 2).|
|Comply with the carrier service’s requirements for meeting U.S. Department of Transportation regulations for transporting hazardous substances.|
|Identify samples that require special shipping procedures:|
|--||Send chilled samples to the laboratory by the fastest means possible.|
|--||Some samples require special handling and shipping (such as radon and CFC samples). Contact the laboratory for specific instructions.|
|--||Obtain authorization from the laboratory before sending any highly contaminated or potentially hazardous samples to the laboratory for analysis.|
Document date of sample shipment on the copy of each ASR form. Keep a copy in study files.
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